Music is something that has played, and still plays, a significant role in my life. About 95% of the time, I've got some song or other stuck in my head, and when I listen to my favorite music, familiar and comforting songs, it sends me to a warm, fuzzy, safe place.* I've been doing a lot of "nostalgic listening" lately since the COVID craze began: late '90s and early 2000s stuff, some of which I haven't heard since college!
One of the hardest parts of Hunter’s Moon for me to write was the scene when Mel wakes up after her first transformation. The horror of said transformation itself was, believe it or not, easier for me to write than the aftermath! Because the morning after, Mel has much more time to think and process and dwell on what’s happened to her, since her mind is not being wiped away and the pain is no longer all-consuming.
Hello from my home office in Northern Ohio, where I am safely quarantined . . . and (finally, after a month) getting a bit stir-crazy. Yes, it's happened: even the most introverted people, like me, are starting to feel the effects of isolation!
April Fools’ Day is almost here! In honor of that illustrious holiday, here’s the story of my favorite prank I ever pulled, which was during my senior year of college:
This week my biz partners and I had a somewhat amusing conversation about my marketing strategy. Thinklings likes to stay positive, friendly, and fun, but there's one area where we will take a negative stance, because people need to be aware that there's a problem that needs fixing . . . and we're trying to fix it! The problem is in the publishing industry, and on our About Us page you can read about what's wrong and how we're working to solve it.
We (the Thinklings) have discovered a problem when people search for my book on Amazon. If you just type "Hunter's Moon Awa" it changes my last name to Away and doesn't bring up my book! I didn't know about that for a while, because when I search in Amazon, I almost always include the author's first name, so I was typing "Hunter's Moon Sarah Awa" and even though it changed Awa to Away, it still did show my book. But I bet most people don't bother to type authors' first names. Argh, Amazon!! We will have to email them about that.
Man, I sure am posting in here a lot lately!
My "book boost" day yesterday went PHENOMENALLY well, and I've been floating on Cloud Nine!!
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy new year!
It’s almost the end of the year...the end of the decade...and I’ve been reflecting on all that’s happened to me in 2019 (which is a lot!) and everything I have to be thankful for (also a lot!). I feel a list coming on:
This was originally typed in Patreon as my Friday Fun post, but then it got too long and rant-y (I really needed to get this out of my system ... it was therapeutic, at least) and I decided to post it here. It starts out kind of bitter but ends up in a good place, so just a warning about that ... and if you start reading, please finish.
I participated in three different #PitMad Pitch Wars events (for Hunter's Moon) in late 2018 and early 2019. I honed my tweets based on the tweets I saw that got a lot of likes and comments. I figured out the desired pattern and followed it. Yet I never got a single like from a literary agent (which means they want you to query them, and gives you an advantage over unsolicited queries).
Sarah Awa lives in Ohio with two hairy guys and writes books about werewolves.